Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Course Track – Hearing Impaired (N-12th Grade) Certification Courses

SPE 730 Educational Foundations for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing  (3 credits)

This course introduces basic concepts for the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.    Topics covered will include the social construction of deafness and hearing loss; language acquisition and literacy development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing; educational philosophies and approaches; sign language systems in education; assistive technology including cochlear implants; placement options; supports for inclusive practices; and specially designed instruction, including adaptations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and children with additional special needs.

SPE 731 Language, Literacy & Communication Development for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits)       

This course will introduce students to the components of language, normal developmental sequences in children, and the impact of hearing loss upon language acquisition.  Auditory and visual strategies for facilitating language acquisition among students who are deaf and hard of hearing will be included, as will protocols for integrating language instruction into academic content area instruction.  Students will be introduced to the array of communication options available to families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, early communication behaviors expressed by young children, and strategies for supporting families making communication decisions. The course will examine the components of literacy in conjunction with characteristics of scientifically-based reading research and principles of effective instruction. Students will examine reading programs created for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, create lesson plans, select websites and technology tools available online to support these lessons, practice using scoring rubrics, and develop personal plans for expanding their own communication skills over the course of the next year.

SPE 732  Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Environments for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits)

This course content will cover what teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing need to know in order to choose and effectively implement the most appropriate methodology, evaluation procedures, goal/objective sets and lesson plans.  Focus will also be on ongoing assessment measures to monitor student progress and to validate the effectiveness of specific instructional methods and materials through data collection.  In addition, attention will be given to how curriculum and instruction are differentiated through the service delivery spectrum: consultation, itinerant, resource room and full time class (supplemental) instruction.

SPE 733  Listening and Speaking Skills for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3 credits)

This course will provide information regarding the etiology and age of onset of hearing loss, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, degree and type of hearing loss, and interpretation of audiological results.  The course will also offer information on auditory skill development, the utilization of various forms of amplification including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems, and the relationship of classroom acoustics to auditory access.  Additionally, information in the area of spoken language development will be provided, including speech sound acquisition, development of vocabulary, syntax and pragmatics, and the relationship of listening and spoken language to literacy.

SPE 734  Sign Communication in Instructional Settings (3 credits)

This course introduces and expands upon the use of a variety of sign languages and sign communication systems in instructional settings.  Among the topics covered are the history and structure of American Sign Language (ASL), the nature and characteristics of artificial sign systems developed to represent English and hybrid systems such as those described as "contact signing."  The parameters and use of fingerspelling as an educational tool will also be included. Various philosophies and methodologies of incorporating sign communication in educational settings will be covered.  Students will be exposed to the appropriate use of sign languages and sign systems in instructional settings and how they may be used to enhance learning by deaf and hard of hearing students.

SPE 739 Student Teaching and Professional Seminar- 14 week supervised experience (6 credits)

This is an individually designed field experience under approved supervision (including seminar meetings).  This experience is designed as the capstone professional course for students seeking the Hearing Impaired (N-12) certification (PA).  It approximates full-time working/teaching experience for one full semester.  At the conclusion of this experience, students must have demonstrated proficiencies in instructional management and specially designed instruction, student engagement and motivation, curriculum planning, learning theory, problem solving in an educational setting, using computers in the classroom, integrating reading, language, and literacy skills in all classrooms, the use of audiovisual materials in the classroom, communicating effectively with students and staff members who are deaf or hard of hearing in their preferred languages and modes of communication, the identification of instructional resources, assessment of student achievement, the development of IEP goals and objectives, management of amplification systems, assessment and development of listening and spoken language skills, consultation with regular classroom teachers, modification of the classroom acoustic environment, and development of student compensating strategies. The fieldwork course is typically the final course in a certification sequence.  Includes a weekly online seminar session. Prerequisites: SPE 600, 608, 730, 731, 732, 733, 734